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Important Information for Parents and Carers

Important Update for Parents and Carers

At Johnston Community School we are working hard to provide an appropriate response to the current situation and would like to thank all parents for their support. Please read this guidance carefully.

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

 

These settings are:

  • Health and social care

  • Education and childcare

  • Key public services

  • Local and national government

  • Food and other necessary goods

  • Public safety and national security

  • Transport

The advice in the guidance published says that if children can be at home they should - logically therefore, if one parent is a key worker and the other is not, then the child can be at home.

Johnston CP School will be open between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm for the children of key workers who are unable to keep them safe at home. We are able to provide a small breakfast, but children need to bring a packed lunch with them. Children staying until 5:00 may also bring a small snack to eat during the afternoon.

If you require this service beginning on Monday morning, please contact the school today to inform us.

Please be aware that we are constantly receiving renewed guidance from the local authority and the Welsh Government, so plans may change. We will keep you informed of any new guidance as soon as we are able.

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